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Running a Really Big MySql File Without SSH

I ran into a situation today that left me no sysadmin way to restore a database on a remote host. No SSH with tech support looking into it. The file was huge compressed and did not play nice with phpmyadmin. Impatient, I thought why not a programmer solution, so 8 minutes later the restore was done. In case this helps here is all there is to it. The execution of the 200MB file took 15 seconds on a plain jane VPS.

Do NOT leave this file on the server after you are done!

ini_set('max_execution_time', 600);
ini_set('display_errors', 'On');

$sql_file = '/path/to/bigfile.sql';
$db = 'db_name';
$user = 'db_user';
$pw = 'db_pw';

echo $sql_file.'Results (if any):';

    system('mysql -u '.$user.' -p'.$pw.' '.$db.' < '.$sql_file);
    echo 'Done';
    echo 'fail';

Name of author

Name: Mike Morris